Audition songs for a Mezzo-Soprano?

by admin on May 14, 2014

Question by Mae: Audition songs for a Mezzo-Soprano?
I’m 15 years old and I am auditioning for a large show in my home town. I’m looking for an audition song, but I only have to sing 16 bars of it. Preferably a classical piece, because the show takes place in the late 1500′s. I don’t have too much training in singing (I do have some), however I have a lot of musical training. The audition is on January 21st, and I’d love to get some help on this! Also: it was just a preference for it to be a classical song because it only seemed fit, and I know directors like that. I was looking at some songs from Les Miserables that could possibly be candidates, too. Thanks!

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Answer by Been There
The opera “Carmen” has the lead role set for a mezzo-soprano. “Habanera” is probably the easiest to sing from this opera:

If you don’t want to sing an operatic voice, I would suggest an old classic song “Simple Gifts”. It is easy to sing, easy to sing a cappella, and you can adjust it easily to sing in whichever key fits your own vocal range. There are enough long notes to develop the richness of your tone:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amcGIfMu0bw

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Birdgirl May 15, 2014 at 12:05 am

Do NOT sing anything from “Carmen” . At 15, with no actual training, you don’t even want to humiliate yourself that way.

It would help if you named what show you are doing. You may not want a “classical” song at all, but something that is from a more traditional style musical versus all the pop-style musicals around today. “Les Miserables” tends to be overdone, and it is musical theatre. That is also true of “Phantom of the Opera” not being an actual opera even though the word “opera” is in it.

I wish you had mentioned the show you plan to try out for so I could select something suitable. You only have 16 measures to show off your voice, and that is very, very little actual singing. You will need to find the right sheet music in the correct key and mark it accordingly where you want to start and stop.

For actual Renaissance-type songs—you might pick something like
“Greensleeves” or “Scarborough Fair” or even songs by John Dowland
like “Come Again, Sweet Love” or “Flow My Tears”. Dowland is definitely classical, comes in different keys, and should be okay for a young mezzo.

You might also consider songs from operettas—not really from the 1500s–but the genre splits the difference between musical theatre and opera and would be suitable for auditions for either kind of show (if only you mentioned what)!

Try “When a Merry Maiden Marries” from “The Gondiliers”by Gilbert and Sullivan,.

Here are some possible sources for sheet music
http://artsongcentral.com/song-index/ (free)
http://www.justsheetmusic.com/sheet-music/a-sullivan-when-a-merry-maiden-marries/ (links to buy sheet music)

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